Trampolines are gymnastic equipment commonly sold and used as play equipment that children jump on. They generally consist of a strong, stretched fabric attached with springs to a metal frame.
Most trampolines are safe and fun if used appropriately. But there are risks associated with poorly made trampolines and inappropriate use of trampolines.
While trampolines provide children with a great way to develop balance and coordination skills, children can suffer:
Hundreds of Australian children are taken to hospital every year for injuries related to trampolines. Injuries range from cuts and bruises to more serious sprains and fractures.
A 2007 baseline study of consumer product-related injuries, conducted by ACCESS Economics, estimated that in Australia during 2007:
The Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) reported during the six years between mid-2002 and mid-2007 in Victoria alone:
MUARC found that trampolines were the second biggest cause of hospital-treated injuries on play equipment, just behind monkey bars.
Trampoline injuries reported at Westmead Children's Hospital in NSW almost doubled from 86 injuries in 2005 to 153 injuries in 2008.
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